- An Exact Replica of Jimmy's Lambretta from the film "Quadrophenia"
- Metal, rubber, leather, aluminium and mirror
Signed by Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey for the (RED) Auction 2013.
Lambretta presents as a very fresh creation which has not been used. It is finished in red, white, and blue and bears the signatures of Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey. The seat cushion and seat back are upholstered with black vinyl, and there is a contoured black rubber floor mat with red highlights. The signatures are not damaged or rubbed, and the whole of the exterior is fresh and unworn, including the red faux leopard-skin spare tire cover, chrome adornments, and raccoon tail on the rear mast.
The engine appears to be complete and functional with no sign of damage or major wear from use, and the tires appear to be unworn as well. This piece was obviously purpose-built for display only, and it has been treated accordingly.
Overall very good condition. This work was selected by Jony Ive and Marc Newson for the (RED) 2013 auction. This scooter includes a number of original vintage elements that show gentle age and use. Please see the catalogue for the full list of original elements. The windshield with a few shallow surface scratch. The seat with some light scratches and impressions from use. With minor wear to the tires. This work is being sold with a certificate from the (RED) 2013 auction.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Re-sprayed in traditional Lambretta paint celly and additional paint as per the "Quadrophenia" film spec. The scooter comes fitted with rare original parts including: 1978 Southend Shield Badge, 1970's Lambretta Wassel Badge As Film Not A Repro, Original Font 1970's Plates (taken from the film original), Stadium Mirrors as per film, Original 1970s Pirelli Motor Scooter Tyre (not for road us), Michellin Acs 70s Tyre (not for road use), Rare Original Vigan Red Gem Fork Covers as per film, Original Spec Screen with all film stickers reproduced to the original spec including actor's protection strip on the top of the screen, Original Ken Cobbin Air Canister as per film, Horns and Nos Seat (Gaman) as per film, Outrigger Exhaust as per film. Jimmy's iconic Lambretta in "Quadrophenia" was a rare late 1967 LI Model. The replica scooter in the auction is an F Reg 1967.
David John Wyburn, a builder from Southwest England, has been hailed for his remarkable scooter replicas, earning him the honorific "The Oracle of Quadrophenia." He considers this Lambretta among his best work, and Jony and Marc are plainly smitten with this creation, which is both a celebration of pop culture and a powerful reminder of "Quadrophenia," a film that played a formative role as they were growing up and experimenting with design. More than just a means of transportation, the scooter represents reaction and rebellion, fundamental motivations for design. Like the Harley Davidson "Captain America" chopper from "Easy Rider," this scooter is a model of customisation, an important form of popular design and one with tremendous resonance for Jony and Marc: both of them spent much of their childhood tinkering away in the garage.